The Guernsey Choral Workshop is inviting keen choristers and amateur singers to join the much-loved annual singing event.
Sponsored by Deutsche Bank, The Guernsey Choral Workshop gives singers from across the Bailiwick the chance to join a choir and work with professional musicians. Ideal for busy people, the event gives singers a taste of performing with a choir without the full time commitment of belonging to a choir. Successful applicants attend a one-day workshop and then an evening and day of rehearsals before performing in a one off concert at St James’.
Led by the highly acclaimed conductor, Malcolm Goldring, the choir will perform Stabat Mater by Rossini and Mendelssohn’s Psalm 13 in a one off concert set for 11th January 2014. The Sinfonia Orchestra and four professional soloists – Laurie Ashworth, Emily Bauer-Jones, James Oldfield and Thomas Herford, will accompany the choir. The orchestra will also perform Schubert’s Symphony No. 7 in B Minor. The annual concert is the first event to be held at St James’ each January and is thought to set the standard for the year’s arts calendar.
Applicants must apply by 27th September 2013 and the choir is selected to create a balanced group of singers. Application forms can be obtained from www.guernseychoralworkshop.org. The choir attends a one-day workshop in November, led by Malcolm Goldring in November, where the singers are introduced to the music chosen for the performance. Malcolm has been leading the Choral Workshop for over 20 years. His extensive experience includes teaching in the North East and the Midlands, working as Music Inspector for the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull and he was Assistant Principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is currently an independent education consultant and conductor of various choirs, and is also in great demand as an adjudicator at home and abroad. His work to support young people singing has been rewarded with a Hon. RSCM (Royal Schools of Church Music) and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). This summer he was Artistic Director of the Worcester International Festival for Young Singers, the UK’s first-ever international non-competitive festival of its kind.
‘Once again we welcome Malcolm Goldring to Guernsey, his continued support of this event is a testament to the quality of voices we have in the community and his experience and enthusiasm is inestimable. Deutsche Bank has supported the workshop for 10 years and we anticipate that this year’s event will be another success,’ states Andreas Tautscher, Chief Country Officer for Deutsche Bank in the Channel Islands.
The workshop is a unique chance to meet fellow music lovers, work with professionals and catch up with old friends. Many of those who sign up to the Workshop do so year after year and have formed great friendships through the group. However, previous experience isn’t necessary and young singers are encouraged to join in. There are bursaries available to students and the concert date has been set for 11th January 2014, to allow students to attend before they start their new university term.
The Workshop brings singers from Alderney and Sark as well as Guernsey and it’s a popular community event. As David Le Lievre, one of the workshop organisers, explains, it’s become a highlight of the local arts calendar: ‘the event is now in its 22nd year and yet because it’s one of a kind, it goes from strength the strength. It’s a very warm and supportive atmosphere, we all encourage each other and we welcome new singers each year. It’s a wonderful way to meet like minded people and friendships flourish.’
Jenny Falla, who first experienced the Workshop eleven years ago in 2002 when Rossini’s beautiful Stabat Mater was last performed, agrees: ‘Singing has so many physical, emotional and social benefits. Those who come share a love of music but importantly we share fun and laughter. As the winter nights draw in, I look forward to the workshop and the challenge of mastering new music each year.’
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